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Peach-faced Lovebird

 (Agapornis roseicollis)

Also known as: Rosy-faced Lovebird, Rosy-headed Lovebird, Rose-ringed Lovebird

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Peach-faced Lovebirds
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Nesting material, especially bark, is carried by the female Peach-faced Lovebird tucked into its rump feathers into the nest.

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Species Profile

Genus: Agapornis | Species: roseicollis

Size:

15cm (6 in)

Weight:

46-63g (1.6-2.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: A.r. roseicollis, A.r. catumbella

Colourization Adult:

A.r. roseicollis: Both adults red forecrown to area behind eyes; rose/pink on face and upper breast; bright blue rump and upper tail coverts; green tail, the side feathers black at base, bordered orange/red and banded black near end. Bill horn in colour. Eye dark brown.
A.r. catumbella: Both adults deeper red forecrown; more red in cheeks.

Colourization Juvenile:

A.r. roseicollis: As in adults but with green forecrown washed with rose/pink; rose/pink face to upper breast washed with grey/blue. Bill horn in colour with black at base.

Call:

Are recorded as being shrill and metallic, in single notes or several in repetition. Speed of repetitions increase when alarmed. Some captive birds have been reported duetting.

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Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 8403, Peach-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis, Priori, Andrea, New York, USA, Feb. 23 1972, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Peach-faced Lovebirds
© Daniel Gilbey

Did You Know?

Nesting material, especially bark, is carried by the female Peach-faced Lovebird tucked into its rump feathers into the nest.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis roseicollis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common

Longevity:

15 yrs

Housing:

Enclosure or aviary, indoors or outdoors if in warm weather, minimum length 1.2m (4 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: mainly canary, also millet and oats; fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion; willow catkins; spray millet; rearing food made from: hardboiled egg, wholegrain bread, low fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; complete kibble for small parrots.

Enrichment:

Lots of climbing items: perches, ladders, swings, bells; bird-safe chewable vegetable tanned leather toys and wood toys, puzzle toys. Provide overhead misters or shallow water bowls for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 9" x 6" x 7" (22.8cm x 15.2cm 17.8cm) to accommodate bulky nest material.

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

23 days

Fledging Age:

6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

African Lovebird Society

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Peach-faced Lovebirds
© Daniel Gilbey

Did You Know?

Nesting material, especially bark, is carried by the female Peach-faced Lovebird tucked into its rump feathers into the nest.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis roseicollis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Not listed

Threat Summary:

Heavy trapping for wild bird trade has caused declines in S Angola and possibly elsewhere.

Range:

A.r. roseicollis: Namibia and N Cape Province, Republic of South Africa, to Lake Ngami, Botswana.
A.r. catumbella: SW Angola. Introduced in Quicama National Park, NW Angola.
Feral populations also in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.

Habitat:

Found up to 1500m (4920 ft) in dry wooded areas, also subdesert steppe, savanna woodland with sparse tree cover, woodland belts along rivers and cultivated land.

Wild Diet:

Mainly seeds including grasses, sunflower seeds and millet and maize.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in groups of 5-20 birds but may form larger congregations of several hundred where grass seeds are ripening or a water source. Groups of birds will huddle together on branches in cooler weather.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 rounded eggs, 24.0 x 17.5mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

February-March, April and October.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Research: Pair-specific duetting in the Peach-faced Lovebird
Behavioural study with Peach-faced Lovebirds
Research: Breeding biology and nest site characteristics of the Rosy-faced Lovebird in Namibia

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Peach-faced Lovebirds
© Daniel Gilbey

Did You Know?

Nesting material, especially bark, is carried by the female Peach-faced Lovebird tucked into its rump feathers into the nest.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis roseicollis

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